Rainy Day Activities

Hands-on Museums for Kids and Families in Marin and the Bay Area

November 19, 2017

Museum visitors are often told not to touch anything, but not at the museums listed here! These 11 local Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area museums offer lots of fun hands-on activities for kids and families. They're perfect for rainy-day outings or any time, really.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Families with kids up to age 8 love Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum for its combination of hands-on fun, exciting programs and performances, rotating special exhibitions (currently it's Curious George: Let's Get Curious), and a great play area overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. It's a fantastic place to play away the day and take in the amazing views. Location: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 94965. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. More info: www.baykidsmuseum.org or (415) 339-3900.

Indoor Drop-in Activities for the Little Ones for Marin & Beyond

November 15, 2017

Indoor play

Looking for fun indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house and burn off all that extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and beyond:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    (510) 647-1111
    Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30–12:30 pm & Friday–Saturday, 9:30–4:30 pm

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost:
    $10.00 children and adults, Monday–Thursday (free under 12 mo.) and $12 children and adults, Friday–Sunday. For more info, visit their website.

Learn Pottery, Play with Clay, Get Messy & Have Fun!

August 29, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mill Valley Potter's Studio.

Mill Valley Potter’s Studio specializes in pottery and ceramic arts education. The Studio offers a variety of award winning classes and workshops for adults and kids. We also provide the opportunity for parents to work alongside their children.

Bay Area Classes & Drop-in Play for 0–5 Year Olds

April 17, 2017

 Looking for a fun class or indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house to get creative or to burn off some extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and the Bay Area:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm and Friday–Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child (free under 12 mo.) and $10.00 per adult during weekdays and $12 per child and adult on weekends (free under 12 mo.) For more info, visit their website.

Strike! Family Bowling Fun and Birthday Parties in and Around Marin

February 19, 2017

Bowling

Remember those fun times you had bowling when you were a kid? Guess what—it hasn't changed all that much, although it seems that there are fewer spots where you can bowl these days. Actually, it's even more fun for the little ones now with the advent of bumper bowling and ball ramps. Also, you have to love a sport where you can get an order of chili cheese fries while you're playing. It's a great active rainy day activity, too.

There are still a few fantastic family friendly bowling alleys in Marin and the Bay Area, so go rent some shoes, pick out your ball (that red one looks pretty cool!) and bowl a few games with the kiddos. Most of these bowling alleys also offer birthday parties for kids, as well. You remember how fun those were, right?

Country Club Bowl

88 Vivian Street, San Rafael 94901
(415) 456-4661
bowlmarin.com

Located in San Rafael, Marin's only bowling alley offers 40 lanes, automatic scoring, and plenty of bumper lanes for the little ones. On-site food is provided by Villa York Pizza and Grill, and they even have 24 beers on tap. In case that's enough, they have pool tables and an arcade, too. Several different birthday party packages are available; call (415) 456-4661 to book your lanes. Check their website for hours and pricing.

Make Your Own Pink and Red Playdough for Valentine's Day Fun

January 19, 2017

Play doughSculpting with Play-Doh is always a favorite activity for kids, and it can be even more fun to make your own quick and easy Play-Doh style modeling clay (AKA "playdough"), especially on a rainy day. You probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now!

We colored our latest batch pink and red for Valentine's Day projects. You can, of course, use any color you like. If you want multiple colors, it's best to make more than one batch, as you add the food coloring during the mixing stage to make sure the color is distributed evenly.

Pull out your Valentine's Day cookie cutters to make heart-shaped cutouts. Just roll out the dough and let the kids go to town with cookies cutters or by hand.

To make your own dough, get the following ingredients together:

Make Your Own Easy Homemade Pretzels

January 8, 2017

homemade pretzels

It's almost as fun for kids to make their own snacks as it is for them to eat them! This pretzel recipe is easy, fast, and perfect for children to help with, and the results are delicious, too. My kids love to make these tasty pretzels when friends come over. It's a great activity for rainy days and playgroups, too. Why not bake up a batch this weekend?

The only part of this recipe that's not kid-friendly is boiling the pretzels briefly in a baking soda and water solution—have a grown-up handle this part. This step gives the pretzels their characteristic crunch, brown color, and flavor. You can omit it if you like; the pretzels will still be good, but won't be quite the same.

Make Your Own Glass Art at I Made It! in San Rafael

August 15, 2016

I Made It! Glass Creations

It's always fun to get hands-on with a cool new creative project. We had a chance to check out the new I Made It! Glass Creations studio in San Rafael, where we made some really cool and unique crafts from fused glass. It's the first place of its kind in the country, and it's a fun activity for all ages.

I Made It! offers countless different projects ideas that you make from colored glass. Come on in (no appointment or reservation is necessary) and choose a project—including jewelry, decorative items, housewares like coasters and bottle openers, photo frames, key chains, and more.

Jump and Play at Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena in Rohnert Park

July 20, 2015

Rebounderz Rohnert Park

Families looking for active indoor fun should head up north to Rohnert Park and check out the new Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena. We paid a visit last week to give it a try and everyone had a fantastic time! Rebounderz features a truly massive trampoline area, foam pits, a giant climbing structure, a dedicated toddler park, and more! There’s also an arcade, a café, and a parents’ lounge with wifi and big-screen TVs where you can watch your kids as they play.

When we first entered Rebounderz, we were astounded at the sheer size of the place. The main jump area has 74 eight-foot trampolines, separated by nets that allow multiple activities to take place at once, including open jump, dodgeball, and tot jumping for kids 5 and under. The indoor playground in the back room is also enormous, and it’s a lot of fun, too. It’s for kids ages 2 to 12, with a separate tot area for ages 0 to 4.

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